Program Links

In the Main Menu, click Setup, Program Links.

The Program Links window lists all the Program Bridges you can link to from Open Dental. From here you can enable/disable a bridge, set up clickable toolbar buttons to access the bridge, and enter other bridge-specific information. For specific setup steps for each bridge, refer to the individual bridge page.

All supported bridges will list.

Double-click a bridge to enter bridge settings on the Program Link window.

Each bridge window will auto-populate with default settings.

Internal Name: The internal name of the bridge.

Description: The name of the bridge as it shows in the list of program links.

Enabled: Check to enable the bridge. Uncheck to disable the bridge.

Hide unused button: This option only shows for bridges that have clickable buttons in Open Dental, if the bridge is disabled (Enabled is unchecked). Check the box to hide the button in the software (e.g. on the Reports window, Backup window).

Path of file to open: The path to the program's executable (exe) on your computer or network. It can be a local path or a server path. This path will be used by all computers connected to the database, unless you enter a local path override on an individual machine.

Note: If the path is inaccurate, and Open Dental cannot find the exe file, then the program bridge will not work.

Local Path Override: On an individual machine you can enter a path to a program's executable (exe) that will override the Path of file to open. This is usually left blank.

Optional command line arguments: If a program bridge requires a command line argument, it will be specified in the Notes area. Otherwise this is usually left blank.

Text on Button: The text that will appear on the toolbar button, if you select to display a button in a module.

Plug-in dll name: See Plug-In Framework.

Additional Properties: Set additional property values. Property values can be edited only. To change a value, double-click on a row. Enter the Value, then click OK to close.

Notes: Bridge specific instructions.

Output File: Build your own output file (for example, txt or ini) to custom bridges.

Button Settings

Hide Button for Clinics: If using clinics, select which clinics the bridge applies to.

Add a button to these toolbars: Highlight where you would like to display a clickable button or option to open the bridge. Press Ctrl while clicking to select more than one option.

Button Image: Import an image that will show on the button.

Remote Desktop Solutions

If you have a server using terminal services that users remotely connect to, consider using the Remote Executer program by MQ Technologies ( Remote Executer passes the command to launch the software to the local computer, instead of launching the program on the server computer.

Here is an example of using Remote Executer to launch Notepad.


If a bridge to an imaging program is not behaving well, first start Open Dental by right clicking, Run as Administrator. The administrator privileges will then be inherited by the bridge program. If this works, you can set Open Dental to always run as admin:

  1. Right click on the desktop shortcut, then select Properties.
  2. Click Advanced.
  3. Check the Run as administrator box then click OK.